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Bull Buying – Focus on Value Not Just Price

Bull Buying – Focus on Value Not Just Price

Selecting the right bulls are a key component to the success of any cattle operation. When market conditions are less than ideal focus on finding the right bull, not necessarily the cheapest bull.  Photo Credit: Mark Mauldin

2017 is shaping up to be another year of tight margins for cattle producers. As much as ranchers would like to limit expenses during market downturns, some expenditures can’t be postponed. Bulls fall into this category.  The necessity of having an adequate number of bulls goes without saying. When bull buying time and lackluster market conditions coincide there are a few things to keep in mind that can help prevent the situation from having a negative impact on your operation.

When making purchasing decisions, try to consider value over price. Cutting corners rarely results in a positive outcome in the long run. Buying an inferior quality bull now might save you a few dollars in initial cash outlay, but will likely cost you substantially more over the long run than purchasing a quality animal would have.  Bear in mind that the registered cattle market will also be softer this year, although the purebred market typically lags behind the movement of the commercial cattle prices.

The value associated with a bull takes many forms. One of the first forms that can go by the wayside, when buyers are thinking only about price, is the opportunity for risk management and improved calf performance that comes with purchasing a bull with known EPD values. Expected Progeny Differences (EPDs) are figures that predict the performance of a bull’s calves. The science and math behind EPDs can be mind boggling, but the application of the information is fairly straightforward and should be utilized by all cattle producers. The predictive power of EPDs has significant value because it enables bull buyers to stay away from bulls whose calves have a genetic propensity towards negative traits (ie. higher birth weights), and focus on bulls whose calves will be more likely to exhibit positive traits (ie. higher weaning weights).

Purchasing a bull without data is a risk not worth taking. Think about the cost of a calf lost due to calving difficulties, or the earning potential given up by selecting a bull whose calves have substandard growth potential. Remember, a bull will sire numerous calves over his productive lifetime, so even small advantages in performance can have substantial cumulative effects. Why would you give up the opportunity to make an informed selection decision by buying a bull without data?

Assuming you are planning on utilizing performance data in your bull selection process (if not, read the previous paragraphs again), there are some basic steps that can be taken to maximize the value associated with your decision.

Step 1) Identify the type of production system in which the bull will be utilized, and what traits are most economically significant in that type of system. How will the bull’s progeny be marketed or utilized? If all progeny are sold at weaning, the list of significant traits are pretty short: calving ease and weaning weight. If heifers sired by the bull are going to be kept the list gets much longer, as all of the maternal characteristics come into play. If calves are marketed based on carcass merit, then even more factors become economically significant. Beware of single trait selection, but also recognize that you also can’t effectively select for all traits simultaneously. Focus your selection pressure on traits with the largest return on investment.

Step 2) Identify the selection tools available that address these traits. By this point in the process a decision will have to be made regarding which breed of bull you are looking for (this can be a lengthy conversation in and of itself), because the specific resources available will differ from breed to breed. There are specific EPDs that are linked to many economically significant traits. These EPDs are an excellent place to start, but when many traits are being considered simultaneously a simpler technique is to utilize Economic Selection Indices. These indices, which are expressed as $ values, incorporate the economic value of multiple EPDs. Because Economic Selection Indices consider values based on economic significance, it is crucial that bull buyers utilize an index that accurately reflects their operation.

From: Beef Cattle Economic Selection Indices By: Bob Weaber, Kansas State University
http://articles.extension.org/pages/73372/beef-cattle-economic-selection-indices

Step 3) Utilize the tools to select bulls that are the most likely to provide the greatest value to your operation. Effectively using EPDs and Indices, like any other tool, takes some practice and basic understanding. To maximize the effectiveness of the selection tools be sure you are familiar with breed averages, and percentile breakdowns for various traits. (See list below)  This will help you better understand how well the bulls you are considering stack-up within the breed. EPD accuracy (possible change), and the units of measure are also important to keep in mind to help determine what constitutes a meaningful difference between individual bulls.

Links to Breed Averages and Percentile Rankings

Following these steps should help maximize the value of your bull purchase. Price will be a factor in any purchasing decision, and rightfully so, but a bull that does not fit your system and limits your ability to generate return on investment is never a good value, regardless of the price. When financial conditions are tight it is more important than ever to limit risk and make well-informed management decisions based on a plan. When it comes to buying bulls, this means utilizing all available information, and finding a bull that provides real value to your operation.

For more information regarding any of the topics mentioned in this article contact your county’s UF/IFAS Agriculture Extension Agent.  Also, don’t forget about the Florida Bull Test Sale on January 21, 2017, which is an excellent opportunity to find a bull that can bring value to your operation.

 

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Author: Mark Mauldin – mdm83@ufl.edu

I am the Agriculture and Natural Resources agent in Washington County. My program areas include livestock and forage, row crops, and pond management.
http://washington.ifas.ufl.edu

Mark Mauldin

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2017 Florida Bull Test Sale – January 21

2017 Florida Bull Test Sale – January 21

University of Florida – North Florida Research and Education Center Beef Unit sale facility where the Florida Bull Test Sale will be conducted.

University of Florida – North Florida Research and Education Center Beef Unit sale facility where the Florida Bull Test Sale will be conducted near Marianna, FL.

The 17th Florida Bull Test was conducted at the University of Florida North Florida Research and Education center in Marianna.  There were 129 consignments from 33 consignors from Florida, Alabama, Georgia, and Mississippi.  There were 59 Angus, 3 Brahman, 10 Charolais, 7 Hereford, 32 SimAngus, and 18 Simmental consignments born between August 15 and December 31 of 2015. Bulls were delivered in late July and initiated their 112-day test on August 17, 2016.  The last day of test was December 7, 2016.  In addition, a hallmark of the Florida Bull Test is that individual feed intake is assessed to establish feed efficiency.  At completion of the test the entire group of bulls averaged 3.32 pounds of gain per day, but ranged from 1.85 to 4.73 pounds per day.

Activities with the Bull Test conclude with a sale on Saturday, January 21, 2017 at the NFREC Beef Unit in Marianna, FL. Only bulls meeting specific benchmarks are eligible for the sale.  In addition, bulls are inspected for structural soundness and disposition, and must pass a breeding soundness exam to qualify for the sale.  Additional information, such as actual performance data, expected progeny differences (EPDs), and carcass ultrasound data is available for bull buyers to aid in the selection of excellent quality bulls to purchase.

Internet bidding will be available at the sale. Potential buyers will need to preregister to on the Cattle in Motion, LLC website (http://www.cattleinmotion.com/ ) prior to initiation of the sale.  Their site will also host videos of each bull to preview prior to the sale.

For more information on the Florida Bull Test visit the web page at http://nfrec.ifas.ufl.edu/florida-bull-test/, or telephone 850-526-1621. Catalogs for the sale are available by request. Note: the Research Center office will be closed from December 26 to January 2.

 

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Author: Cliff Lamb – gclamb@ufl.edu

Cliff Lamb

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Understanding and Applying Bull Performance Data – January 10

Understanding and Applying Bull Performance Data – January 10

Selecting the right bull(s) is a key component to the success of any cattle operation. Understanding and Applying Performance Data is a class designed to help cattlemen effectively utilize the data that is available to them.

Selecting the right bull(s) is a key component to the success of any cattle operation. Understanding and Applying Performance Data is a class designed to help cattlemen effectively utilize the data that is available to them. Photo Credit: Mark Mauldin

Bull selection is one of the fastest ways for a cattleman to change the quality of his calf crop from one year to the next. It is difficult to overstate the importance of the bull. In a small herd, half of the genetic potential of the entire calf crop is determined by a single individual, the bull. Even in larger herds with multiple bulls, the impact of each individual bull can be wide spread, especially if he sires heifers that are returned to the herd. That being said, bull selection is an important management decision that should be taken seriously.

When it is time to purchase a new bull, many cattlemen find themselves overwhelmed with the amount of data that is available to “help” them select the most appropriate bull(s) for their operation. Most cattlemen enjoy picking out the best looking bull in a group. While looks (phenotype) can be important, the traits the bull will pass on to his calves will have more effect on the ranch’s bottom line. These traits are dictated by the bull’s genetic makeup (genotype). To help inform bull buyers about the genetic merit of individual bulls the cattle industry has developed a plethora of ways to quantify and represent genotypes. These representations (EPDs, Indexes, etc.) are collectively referred to as performance data, and they constitute all of those numbers fill sale catalogues.

On Tuesday, January 10th, UF/IFAS Extension will host Understanding and Applying Performance Data at the Washington County Agricultural Center. The primary goal of this class is to help commercial cattlemen decipher all of the performance data available, and develop a practical plan for utilizing these resources when selecting bulls for their own operations. Event details are in the flyer below. If you have questions contact Mark Mauldin, 850-638-6180 or mdm83@ufl.edu

epd-class-flyer

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Author: Mark Mauldin – mdm83@ufl.edu

I am the Agriculture and Natural Resources agent in Washington County. My program areas include livestock and forage, row crops, and pond management.
http://washington.ifas.ufl.edu

Mark Mauldin

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2016 Florida Bull Test Sale January 16

2016 Florida Bull Test Sale January 16

University of Florida – North Florida Research and Education Center Beef Unit sale facility where the Florida Bull Test Sale will be conducted.

University of Florida – North Florida Research and Education Center Beef Unit sale facility where the Florida Bull Test Sale will be conducted.

January 16, 2016 at the NFREC Beef Unit in Marianna, FL

The 16th Florida Bull Test was conducted at the University of Florida North Florida Research and Education center in Marianna. There were 136 bulls entered from 41 consignors from Florida, Alabama, Georgia, and Mississippi. There were 34 Angus, 4 Braford, 4 Brahman, 10 Charolais, 3 Composite, 8 Hereford, 51 SimAngus, and 22 Simmental consignments born between August 15 and December 31 of 2014. Bulls were delivered in late July and initiated their 112-day test on August 18, 2015. The last day of test was December 9, 2015. In addition, a hallmark of the Florida Bull Test is that individual feed intake was assessed to establish feed efficiency.   At completion of the test the entire group of bulls averaged 3.13 pounds of gain per day, but ranged from -0.11 to 4.95 pounds per day.

Activities with the Bull Test conclude with a sale on Saturday, January 16, 2016. Only bulls meeting specific benchmarks are eligible for the sale. In addition, bulls are inspected for structural soundness and disposition and must pass a breeding soundness exam to qualify for the sale. Additional information, such as actual performance data, expected progeny differences (EPDs), and carcass ultrasound data is available for bull buyers to aid in the selection of excellent quality bulls to purchase.

Internet bidding will also be available for the sale. Potential buyers will need to preregister on the Cattle in Motion, LLC website (http://www.cattleinmotion.com/ ) prior to initiation of the sale.

For more information on the Florida Bull Test visit the web page at http://nfrec.ifas.ufl.edu/florida-bull-test/, or telephone 850-526-1621. Catalogs for the sale are available by request. Note: the Research Center office will be closed from December 25 to January 1.
Florida Bull Test

 

Download the 61 page sale catalog:

 Florida Bull Test Sale Catalog

 

UF IFAS 2013

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Author: Cliff Lamb – gclamb@ufl.edu

Cliff Lamb

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Friday Funny: The New Brahman Bull

Source:  American Brahman Breeders Association

Source: American Brahman Breeders Association

The New Brahman Bull

A rancher had three bulls, an old proven bull, a bull he purchased a few years ago, and a young bull purchased the previous year.  The herd bulls heard a rumor that the rancher was going to bring a new Brahman bull back to the ranch, and the prospect raised a discussion among them.

The Old Bull said, “Boys, we all know I’ve been here 5 years. Once we settled our differences, we agreed on which 60 of the cows were mine. Now, I don’t know where this newcomer is going to get HIS cows, but I ain’t giving’ him any of mine.”

The Middle Aged Bull said, “That pretty much says it for me, too. I’ve been here 3 years and have earned my right to the 30 cows we’ve agreed are mine. I’ll fight him till I run him off or kill him, but I’M KEEPIN’ ALL MY COWS.”

The Young Bull said, “I’ve only been here a year, and so far you guys have only let me have 10 cows to “take care of.” I may not be as big as you fellows, but I am young and virile, so I simply MUST keep all MY cows.”

They no sooner finished their tough talk when an eighteen-wheeler pulls up to the cowpens with only one animal in it.  The biggest Son-of-Another-Bull they had ever seen! As this 3200 pound behemoth walked off the truck, the steel ramp groaned and wobbled with each step he took.

The Old Bull said, “You know, it is somewhat of a struggle to cover 60 cows.  I think I can spare a few for our new friend.”

The Middle Aged Bull said,   “I’ll have plenty of cows to take care of, if I just stay on the opposite end of the pasture from HIM. I’m certainly not looking for an argument.”

They look over at the Young Bull, and saw him pawing the dirt, shaking his horns, and snorting at the new bull.  The Old Bull said, “Son, what are you doing? Let me give you some sound advice. Let him have some of your cows and live to tell about it!”

The Young Bull said, “Heck, he can have ALL MY COWS. I’m just making sure he knows I’m a bull!”

 

One thing is for sure, farm folks always enjoy sharing good jokes, photos and stories.  This week’s joke was shared by Karl Kressman of Jackson County.  If you have a good, clean joke, particularly one that pertains to agriculture, or a funny photo that you took on the farm, send it in and we will share it with our readers:

Email to:  Panhandle Ag Jokes

 

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Author: Doug Mayo – demayo@ufl.edu

Jackson County Extension Director, Livestock & Forages Agent. My true expertise is with beef cattle and pasture management, but I can assist with information on other livestock species, as well as recreational fish ponds.
http://jackson.ifas.ufl.edu

Doug Mayo

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Bull Consignments Sought for 2015 Florida Bull Test

Bull Consignments Sought for 2015 Florida Bull Test

FL Bull TestCliff Lamb,UF/IFAS Beef Reproduction Specialist

The nomination deadline for registered breeders wishing to consign bulls to the Florida Bull Test is June 15, 2015. The Florida Bull test is hosted at the University of Florida North Florida research and Education Center (NFREC) in Marianna, FL.

Florida Bull TestFor the 16th year, the North Florida Research and Education Center (NFREC) will be hosting the Florida Bull Test. Consignors may download the Nomination form from the Florida Bull Test Website. Bulls must be born between August 15 and December 31, 2014. There will be a limit of 120 bulls for the test. In the event that more than 120 bulls are consigned to the FL Bull Test, the following criteria for bulls accepted will be: a) sire-group testing of bulls is more desirable than individual testing, because it provides more information to both breeders and prospective buyers; therefore, they will receive preference; b) preference will be given to breeders/consignors that are members of the Florida Cattlemen’s Association; and, c) based on the order in which nominations are received.

The primary purpose of the Florida Bull Test is to serve as an educational aid for the improvement of beef cattle. The test aims to: 1) provide the commercial cow/calf producer a source of bulls that have been gain tested, that were thoroughly evaluated at the same location, and that have passed stringent health requirements; 2) provide an opportunity for seed stock producers to advertise their breeding programs through testing and marketing bulls; and 3) promote awareness and understanding of the latest animal breeding concepts and tools while showcasing superior beef cattle genetics in Florida. The test standardizes environmental conditions for evaluating postweaning performance. In doing so, it provides useful records for bull consignors to better evaluate breeding programs and creates a local source of performance-tested bulls.

In addition to the nomination deadline, other important dates are as follows: July 28, 2015 – delivery date; August 18, 2015 – Test begins; December 9, 2015 – Test ends; January 16, 2016 – FL Bull Test Sale.

Additional important information can be accessed on the Florida Bull Test website or by phone (850-526-1621).

Download the 2015 Bull Test Nomination Form

 

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Author: gclamb – gclamb@ufl.edu

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2015 Florida Bull Test Sale Summary

Steve Williams of J & W Simmental receiving his plaque for their consignment J&W Mr Cruising that was the winner of the FL Bull Test and SimAngus breed winner. Pictured (from L to R): Nick Comerford (NFREC Center Director), Steve Williams, and David Thomas (NFREC Beef Unit Supervisor).

Steve Williams of J & W Simmentals receiving his plaque for their consignment J&W Mr Cruising that was the winner of the Florida Bull Test. Pictured (from L to R): Nick Comerford (NFREC Center Director), Steve Williams, and David Thomas (NFREC Beef Unit Supervisor).

The Florida Bull Test Sale was held on January 17, 2015 at the North Florida Research and Education Center in Marianna, FL. Of the 102 bulls originally consigned to the test, 56 bulls were auctioned off at the sale. Only bulls meeting specific benchmarks were eligible for the sale. In addition, bulls were inspected for structural soundness and disposition and passed a breeding soundness exam to qualify for the sale. Additional information, such as actual performance data, expected progeny differences (EPDs), and carcass ultrasound data was available for bull buyers to aid in the selection of excellent quality bulls to purchase.

A standing room only crowd paccked the Bull Sale Arena at NFREC.  56 bulls sold for a record average price of $  4500

56 bulls sold for a record average price of $ 4,586 per bull at the 2015 Florida Bull Test Sale.

The sale grossed $ 256,800 with an average of $ 4,586 per lot. Angus bulls averaged $ 4,515 on 27 lots; Hereford bulls averaged $ 5,100 on 2 lots; SimAngus bulls averaged $ 4,879 on 14 lots; and Simmental bulls averaged $ 4,338 on 13 lots. The high selling bull was lot 1, J&W Cruising, selling for $ 6,500. He was purchased by Phil Farris of Elba, AL. The consignor was J & W Simmentals of Headland, AL.

The Florida Bull Test focuses on testing bulls on a diet that includes a high proportion of forage, targeting an average daily gain (ADG) of 3.5 pounds of gain per day. In addition, bulls were placed in the University of Florida – NFREC Feed Efficiency Facility to obtain individual feed intake data and calculate feed efficiency. Overall ranking for the test is based on ADG and the weight per day of age (WDA) generating an index ratio. The top performing bull and top performing SimAngus bull, J&W Mr Cruising, was owned by J & W Simmentals of Headland, AL who indexed 129 with an ADG of 4.13 and WDA of 4.04 lb/day. The top Angus bull, Gray’s Impression 6262 301, owned by Grayhaven Farms of Monticello, FL was ranked 2nd overall and indexed 122 with an ADG of 4.46 and WDA of 3.23 lb/day. The top Charolais bull owned by Rogers Bar HR of was ranked 3th overall and indexed 120 with an ADG of 4.59 and WDA of 2.96 lb/day. The top Simmental bull, A-7, owned by R & K Farm of Elba, AL was ranked 9th overall and indexed 114 with an ADG of 4.37 and WDA of 2.80 lb/day. The top Hereford bull, JTN Revolution 911Y A19, owned by J Taylor Neighbors of Americus, GA was ranked 11th overall and indexed 113 with an ADG of 3.78 and WDA of 3.34 lb/day. The top Braford bull, 4056, owned by Running M Farm of Tallahassee, FL was ranked 38th overall and indexed 103 with an ADG of 3.44 and WDA of 3.06 lb/day. The top Brahman bull, 409, owned by Ford Farms of Malone, FL was ranked 62nd overall and indexed 98 with an ADG of 3.46 and WDA of 2.69 lb/day.

For those interested in consigning bulls for the 2015-2016 test, feel free to visit the web page at http://nfrec.ifas.ufl.edu/fl_bull_test , for the most current information.

 

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Author: gclamb – gclamb@ufl.edu

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15th Annual Florida Bull Test Summary and Sale Information

University of Florida – North Florida Research and Education Center Beef Unit sale facility where the Florida Bull Test Sale will be conducted.

University of Florida – North Florida Research and Education Center Beef Unit sale facility where the Florida Bull Test Sale will be conducted.

Cliff Lamb, University of Florida – North Florida Research and Education Center, Marianna, FL

Florida Bull TestRecently, the 15th Florida Bull Test was completed. The test is conducted at the North Florida Research and Education Center (NFREC) in Marianna, FL. This year 103 bulls were received from 33 consignors from Florida, Alabama, Georgia, and Mississippi. There were 46 Angus, 4 Braford, 4 Brahman, 10 Charolais, 2 Hereford, 3 Red Angus, 16 SimAngus, and 18 Simmental consignments born between August 15 and December 31 of 2013. Bulls were delivered in late July and initiated their 112-day test on August 19, 2014. The last day of test was December 10, 2014. In addition, a hallmark of the FL Bull Test is that individual feed intake is assessed to establish feed efficiency.   At completion of the test the entire group of bulls averaged 3.38 pounds of gain per day, but ranged from 2.21 to 4.59 pounds per day.

Overall ranking for the test is based on average daily gain (ADG) and the weight per day of age (WDA) generating an index ratio. The top performing bull and top performing SimAngus bull, J&W Mr. Cruising, was owned by J&W Simmental Farm of Headland, AL indexed 129 with an ADG of 4.13 and WDA of 4.04 lb/day. The top Angus bull, Gray’s Impression 6262 301, owned by Grayhaven Farms of Monticello, FL was ranked 2nd overall and indexed 122 with an ADG of 4.46 and WDA of 3.23 lb/day. The top Charolais bull owned by Rogers Bar HR of was ranked 3rd overall and indexed 120 with an ADG of 4.66 and WDA of 3.43 lb/day. The top Simmental bull, A-7, owned by R&K Farm of Elba, AL was ranked 9th overall and indexed 114 with an ADG of 4.37 and WDA of 2.80 lb/day. The top Hereford bull, JTN Revolution 911Y A19, owned by J Taylor Neighbors of Americus, GA was ranked 11th overall and indexed 113 with an ADG of 3.78 and WDA of 3.34 lb/day. The top Braford bull, 4056, owned by Running M Ranch of Tallahassee, FL was ranked 38th overall and indexed 103 with an ADG of 3.44 and WDA of 3.06 lb/day. The top Brahman bull, 409, owned by Ford Farms of Malone, FL was ranked 62th overall and indexed 98 with an ADG of 3.46 and WDA of 2.69 lb/day.

Feed Efficiency Facility where bulls are housed to obtain individual feed efficiency data.

Feed Efficiency Facility where bulls are housed to obtain individual feed efficiency data.

A unique aspect of the Florida Bull Test is the ability to collect individual feed intake data on all the bulls. Therefore, feed efficiency is assessed on all bulls. Residual feed intake (RFI) was the measure of feed efficiency used to rank the bulls in the test, and it was calculated as the difference between actual feed intake and expected feed intake. The more negative the number is, the more efficient the bull is. During this bull test the RFI of bulls ranged from -5.08 to 7.76 lb/d. The most feed efficient bull, Gizmo EXR 1329 0709 6149, was owned by Gizmo Angus of Molino, FL. This bull consumed 16.62 lb/day with a feed:gain ratio of 4.85 and an RFI of -5.08. Therefore, he consumed 5.08 lb per day less feed than expected for his gain. This equates to more than 1,850 lb per year less feed than that bull was expected to consume!

The Florida Bull Test Sale will be held on January 17, 2015 at the North Florida Research and Education Center in Marianna, FL. Of the 103 bulls originally consigned to the test 84 bulls qualified for the sale, of which approximately 65 will be on offer. Only bulls meeting specific benchmarks are eligible for the sale. In addition, bulls were inspected for structural soundness and disposition and passed a breeding soundness exam to qualify for the sale. Additional information, such as actual performance data, expected progeny differences (EPDs), and carcass ultrasound data will be available for bull buyers to aid in the selection of bulls to purchase.

A new initiative for the 15th Florida Bull Test is to include the possibility of remote bidding for the sale through the internet. Internet bidding and videos of bulls are available through Cattle In Motion (www.cattleinmotion.com ). This opportunity will provide consignors an added opportunity to market their bulls to potential buyers who are unable to attend the sale in person. In addition, buyers who cannot attend the sale will have the opportunity to purchase bulls through a verified internet bidding company. We are excited about offering this new opportunity!

For more information on the Florida Bull Test, visit the web page at http://nfrec.ifas.ufl.edu/fl_bull_test or telephone 850-394-9124. Catalogs for the sale are available by request.

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Author: gclamb – gclamb@ufl.edu

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Florida Bull Test Sale January 17

Florida Bull Test Sale January 17

2105 FL Bull Test Sale HeaderThe 15th Florida Bull Test was conducted at the University of Florida North Florida Research and Education center in Marianna. There were 103 consignments from 33 consignors from Florida, Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, and North Carolina. There were 46 Angus, 4 Braford, 4 Brahman, 10 Charolais, 2 Hereford, 3 Red Angus, 16 SimAngus, and 18 Simmental consignments born between August 15 and December 31 of 2013. Bulls were delivered in late July and initiated their 112-day test on August 19, 2014. The last day of test was December 10, 2014. In addition, a hallmark of the Florida Bull Test is that individual feed intake is assessed to establish feed efficiency.   At completion of the test the entire group of bulls averaged 3.38 pounds of gain per day, but ranged from 2.21 to 4.59 pounds per day.

Activities with the Bull Test conclude with a sale to be held on Saturday, January 17, 2015. For the first time ever, buyers will even be able to bid on bulls through the Internet, which will be facilitated by a company called Cattle in Motion.  They do require buyers to pre-register and create an account prior to the sale. To participate in the sale, the computer used will also require up-to-date version of the Adobe Flash Player software.  So if getting to the sale location is an issue for participation in the auction, there is a now a tool that allows bidders to participate online.

Only bulls meeting specific benchmarks are eligible for the sale. In addition, bulls are inspected for structural soundness and disposition and must pass a breeding soundness exam to qualify for the sale. Additional information, such as actual performance data, expected progeny differences (EPDs), and carcass ultrasound data are available for bull buyers to aid in the selection of excellent quality bulls to purchase.

For more information on the Florida Bull Test, including pictures of all bulls, visit the web page at http://nfrec.ifas.ufl.edu/fl_bull_test, or telephone 850-394-9124. Catalogs for the sale are available by request.

Note: the Research Station office will be closed from December 25 to January 1.15 FL Bull Test Sale Information

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Author: gclamb – gclamb@ufl.edu

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Florida Bull Test Sale January 18

Florida Bull Test Sale January 18

L& L Cattle Company, Marianna, consigned the top performing bull in the 2013 Florida Bull Test.   Their Simmental bull, LLCC Big Jake Z211, gained 5.31 pounds per day on the 112 day test.

L& L Cattle Company, Marianna, consigned the top performing bull in the 2013 Florida Bull Test. Their Simmental bull, LLCC Big Jake Z211, gained 5.31 pounds per day on the 112 day test.

The 14th annual Florida Bull Test was conducted at the University of Florida North Florida Research and Education center near Marianna.  There were 126 bulls consigned from 40 ranches located in Florida, Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, and North Carolina.  There were 67 Angus, 7 Charolais, 2 Hereford, 3 Red Angus, 33 SimAngus, and 14 Simmental bulls entered, that were born between August and December of 2012. Bulls were delivered in late July and initiated their 112-day test on August 20, 2013.  The last day of test was December 11, 2013.  In addition,  individual feed intake was assessed for each bull to establish feed efficiency, a hallmark of the Florida Bull Test.    At completion of the test, the entire group of bulls averaged 3.45 pounds of gain per day, but ranged from 1.81 to 5.31 pounds per day.

Activities of the Florida Bull Test will conclude with a sale on Saturday, January 18, 2014, at 12:30 PM Central Time, at the NFREC Beef Unit near Marianna. Only bulls meeting specific benchmarks are eligible for the sale.  In addition to performance evaluation, bulls are inspected for structural soundness and disposition, and must pass a breeding soundness exam to qualify for the sale.  Additional information, such as actual performance data, expected progeny differences (EPDs), and carcass ultrasound data, is available for buyers to aid their selection of excellent quality bulls to purchase.

For more information on the Florida Bull Test, including performance data and pictures of all bulls, or directions to the NFREC Beef Research Unit,  visit the Florida Bull Test web page. Catalogs for the sale are available by request, call 850-394-9124 or email Tina Gwin to have one mailed to you.  For specific questions about the Florida Bull Test, bull performance information, or the Florida Bull Test Sale, contact Cliff LambNote: the Research Station Office will be closed for the Holidays from December 25 through January 1.

Download the 56-page catalog for immediate viewing online:
2013-14 Florida Bull Test Sale Catalog

2014 FL Bull Test Sale Ad

 

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Author: gclamb – gclamb@ufl.edu

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